Expert allergist available to speak on the effects of the southern wildfires on asthma sufferers

As wildfires burn across the southern states, people with respiratory illnesses such as asthma need to be alert to the effects on their breathing.

Allergist J. Allen Meadows, MD, is a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Meadows points out that it’s important for children and adults who suffer from asthma to stay indoors in order to not be exposed to the smoke.

Dr. Meadows says, “Smoke from fires is a dangerous irritant to the eyes and respiratory system. It can make heart conditions and lung diseases like asthma worse. Children are especially vulnerable because their lungs are less developed. And since they are closer to the ground, they are more likely to take in extra smoke”

Dr. Meadows points out that if you smell any smoke you should stay inside. Make sure you are keeping your asthma under control with proper use of your medications, and consult your allergist if you are experiencing difficulty with your breathing.

Dr. Meadows is available to comment about the effects of smoke on asthma.

Feel free to let me know if I can arrange an interview.

Best,

Hollis

Hollis Heavenrich-Jones – Public Relations Manager – American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) – 847.725-2277 – Hollisheavenrich-jones@acaai.org